Ville Platte High’s Terrian Roy stares down an opponent hard before playing some tenacious defense. The senior point guard had been named The 2020 Ville Platte Gazette’s Most Valuable Player for boy’s basketball in Evangeline Parish. Roy was also the MVP for District 5-3A this season. (Gazette photos by Tracey Jagneaux)
Roy found the most important part of the game; the memories
Being around the people who give you some of the greatest joy in your life makes growing up and getting older tremendously worthwhile.
For Terrian Roy, some of those people have been a part of his life ever since he was old enough to don a basketball uniform.
Roy, this year’s Evangeline Parish Most Valuable Player in boy’s basketball, has always treasured the memories he has had with his teammates; from the time he began his basketball career in EPYB until the present.
Just like a number of young kids have done throughout the years, Roy began his hardcourt career in youth basketball at the ripe old age of five. As Roy noted, those days in the Evangeline Parish Youth Basketball league were more about having fun with his fellow team members and his competitors.
“To me, the best thing about playing EPYB was making memories with my friends,” stated Roy. “It was just fun being able to grow up together and play with and against each other.”
“It also helped that we won alot,” Roy continued with a sly grin. “Don’t get me wrong, as much fun as it was, it was also competitive. We would go at each other a lot, and then we would clown around with each other later on.”
Roy would hone his talents on the EPYB courts and refine that talent during AAU and junior high play. During his AAU and junior high career, Roy got to produce more memories with his closest friends and at the same time form bonds that would carry that same group to bigger and better things.
“I first started playing AAU under my dad,” said Roy. “He got a team together for everybody around the area. It was great because we were able to build a chemistry between us. That helped alot when we got to high school, because we already knew each other and how to react to each other on the court.”
Roy learned some great lessons while playing AAU basketball, not only because of the competition, but also because his dad did not give him any slack about improving his game.
“AAU was very challenging for me because I had to put in a lot of work,” commented Roy. “My dad was somewhat hard on me because he wanted me to get better. The competition that we faced made us all better.”
All of those lessons and all of those competitions sure did make Roy a better player. In his four years playing for Ville Platte High, not only has Roy helped lead his team to the playoffs all four seasons, but he also secured his 1,000th point this past year.
During his high school career, Roy and his teammates have faced many ups and downs. Probably the highest of the highs was their appearance in the Top 28 last year.
That experience gave Roy the desire and drive to make another run at a state title in his last season as a Bulldog. Unfortunately, Ville Platte fell in the quarterfinals to Brusly.
For Roy, the loss to the Panthers was not what stung the most about ending his high school career.
“Not being able to play with this group of guys anymore was very hurtful,” said Roy. “I have so many memories of the good times we had. I will always remember how much better I got and how much I was able to improve because I was able to play with these guys.”
Spoken like the true teammate and leader that Roy is!!